MSc in Science

The Open University

Program Description

MSc in Science

The Open University

MSc in Science

This MSc course offers an opportunity to examine some of contemporary science's most pressing issues and to develop a wide range of skills associated with masters-level study. You can choose any of the current modules within the postgraduate science programme, which means that you can tailor this MSc to suit your own interests. Our modules include areas such as Earth science, medicinal chemistry, medical physics and science and society. Most modules are taught, but there is also a project module, enabling you to undertake a substantial piece of independent research. You can also include some options from other disciplines.

Educational aims

This is a broad-based taught masters science degree which aims to provide you with:

  • an opportunity to study in depth, at masters level, specific areas of science based upon the strands, Frontiers in Medical Science and Science Studies
  • an understanding of current knowledge in the strand areas and of key debates at the forefront of their knowledge
  • an understanding of principles and methodologies that inform current research in the strand areas
  • the tools to enable you to obtain and record information and then synthesise what you have learnt into a coherent piece of writing as an extended essay, review, poster or conference contribution
  • support and guidance to develop as an independent learner.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding are acquired from specially prepared teaching materials using a variety of learning approaches which may include self-assessment and in-text questions, CD-ROMs, DVDs, reference texts, computer-aided learning packages, directed reading, electronic journals, computer conferencing and web-based resources together with face-to-face teaching.

You will work independently with the teaching materials, but may form self-help groups with other students, communicating face-to-face, by telephone, email and computer conferencing. Tutors will support your learning electronically and in day schools organised nationally.

Skills are developed throughout the programme in parallel with knowledge and understanding.

Assessment is by a combination of tutor-marked assignments requiring answers ranging from short to extended essay length, short reviews written on your chosen topic, posters, and electronic conference participation. In addition, you will have many opportunities for self-assessment, within module texts, on CD-ROMs or DVDs.

The University wishes to emphasise that, while every effort is made to regularly update this site, the material on it is subject to alteration or amendment in the light of changes in regulations or in policy or of financial or other necessity.

Career impact

Completing this qualification will equip you with a base of postgraduate level knowledge and understanding in science as well as providing you with a set of key transferable skills which will be relevant to your career. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will discover how to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

You will learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences including professional audiences, demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a postgraduate level.

The nature of this MSc course will develop your independent learning skills and enhance your ICT skills in locating information and communicating with others in both professional and academic contexts.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

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Aug. 2017
1 - 7 years
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United Kingdom Buckingham, England
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